Prof. D Bell

Film Studies, School of Languages, Literatures and Art
Queen's University Belfast

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Biography and Irish Studies Research Interests
Tutor in Sociology at Ruskin College Oxford, then Lecturer in the School of Communications at Dublin City University, Professor of Media Studies at the University of Ulster, and subsequently Professor of Film and Photography at Napier University, Edinburgh.

Director JOURNEYMAN, a cross European Media II funded virtual film and imaging school project.

Research interests include the political economy of the media, documentary film theory and practice, the history of visual culture, and the social history of photography in Ireland.

He has written extensively in the fields of cultural studies and media policy and published in various journals including: Media, Culture and Society, European Journal of Communication,The Journal of Communication, Western European Politics, Kinema: A Journal for Film and Audiovisual Media.

An active documentary film maker, his films include:

1990 Redeeming History (42mins) Channel 4 TV directed,
1992 Facing the Future (25mins) Ulster TV, directed and produced,
1993 Out of Loyal Ulster (48mins) Channel 4 TV, directed
1995 Dancing on Narrow Ground (52mins), Cultural Traditions Group, directed and produced,
1999 Hard Road to Klondyke (53mins), RTE, BBC, NI, written and directed
2000 Rotha Mor an t'Saoil (56mins), Telefis na Gaeilge/TG4, written and directed
Best Irish documentary Award and screened at various international film festivals: Venice, Montreal, Minneapolis.
2002 The Last Storyteller (52mins) RTE, written and directed.
2004 Rebel Frontier (65mins) RTE, YLE, written and directed.